In their latest report on the upcoming Star Wars sequel, Latino Review—that inexhaustible wellspring of dubious nerd cinema news–has stated that Mandalorians and Sith Witches might show up in Episode 7 to make trouble for the protectors of the “New Republic” (assuming that’s the name the Alliance is gonna go with).
Just so non-SW geeks can follow, the Mandalorians were popularized in the Clone Wars cartoons and the Old Republic MMO–as well as several Expanded Universe novels and comics. In the canon films, Boba and Jango Fett wore Mandalorian armor, though nothing in the original films ever mentioned either of them BEING Mandalorian. Anyhoo, Mandalorians are noted bounty hunters and mercenaries in the SW Universe–more warriors for hire than actual villains.
As for Sith Witches, best example of them would be the Nightsisters from the planet Dathomir. They made their first appearance in the EU novel “The Courtship of Princess Leia”. Assuming there is any veracity to this rumor, there is no way to know if these are the same witches we will see in the movie–but it would be pretty awesome if they were: According to the novel, the Nightsisters were so badass even Emperor Palpatine was scared of them.
NOW, where did Latino Review come up with this notion? Well, apparently there’s been talk for some time that the main villains in SW7 will be a trio of “Jedi Hunters” (Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, and David Oyelowo)–and it seems LR went: Jedi Hunters–Hunters–Bounty Hunters–Mandalorians!
As for the idea Sith Witches will appear, that seems based entirely on another rumor stating that Lupita Nyong’o will be wearing yellow contact lenses. That’s it.
As usual, Latino Review has given fans a couple subjects for good-natured discussion, but no tangible, credible information.
Not that I’m judging or criticizing: Ever since the announcement that a new Star Wars trilogy was coming down the pike, “tangible, credible information” has been under the tight, almost despotic control of Disney/Lucasfilm. Heck, we still don’t even know what the darn thing is CALLED!
When facts are scarce or unavailable, rumor will be reported as news–that’s a simple, unavoidable fact of Journalism.
As always, Nerd Bastards will remain open to any disturbances in the Force, and report them forthwith.